Advice 1: Why baptize children

Parents often baptize their children, not even thinking about why, and why they do it. However, not everyone is aware that the rite of baptism is not only a beautiful ceremony in the temple, and not a means of protection from the evil eye, and the vagaries of diseases.
Many baptize their babies just because it is supposed to. Modern moms and dads are in the majority, too, was baptized as a child (though not as massively as the current kids), so this ceremony is perceived as a matter of course. Very often it is the rite of baptism ends with the initiation of the crumbs to the Church, and then visited the temple of, at best, a few times a year on the big Church holidays (Easter, Christmas). Some see the sacrament of baptism as a kind of "the pill" from any problems with the child's health or behavior and believe that, having a ritual can help the child to recover faster or stronger to fall asleep, not comes in hysterics. Very often such an argument not only the young mom and dad, but older, experienced family members. However, consider baptism a way of obtaining indulgences from Higher powers is fundamentally wrong. Christian parents consider the process of baptism as a completely natural event and the children they baptize because I can't imagine how you can do without it. According to Christian teaching, at baptism a person is attached to the Kingdom of God, and to do so must still in its infancy. In this case, the parents are fully aware of, which means this ceremony, they hold appropriate training (prayer, confession) and a very responsible approach to the choice of godparents, which have become a reliable support for toddler. In such families the child is not just going through the sacrament of baptism, he joins the Church from a very young age. Admit it, I go to him for service, he read the Bible, or simply retell the parable, of course, even the smallest.I must say that from the point of view of faith only in the third case, the rite of baptism makes sense. Although the priests do not refuse anyone, because in any case a child attached to God, and then everything depends on his parents and godparents. And sometimes mom and dads come to faith through the toddler, through the sacrament of baptism and the subsequent sacrament and service. And it is believed that during this ceremony the baby receives her guardian angel and falls under the protection of a Higher power.Some believe that to baptize a child at such a young age is not worth it, and we need to give him the opportunity to come to this. For true Christian believers, this tactic of waiting is absurd and impossible, because according to their beliefs, the child from the very young age should be educated in Christ and to be a real Christian (and, hence, through the sacrament of baptism).

Advice 2: Why do I need to be baptized

Sign of the cross is one of the most visible evidence of man's faith in God. It is believed that people cross themselves and say the name of God in order to attract the grace of God the Holy spirit.

Why do people cross themselves?

The sign of the cross is a small rite. He who depicts it for yourself or overshadows them with other people (e.g. your own child), attracts the grace of God the Holy spirit. It is believed that the power of grace given to it since the sign is not accidental.
The sign of the cross is not only a part of a religious rite. It is a great weapon of faith. The life of the saints lists various examples of evidence of real spiritual power, concentrated in the image of the cross.

The fact that Jesus Christ is his earthly death on the cross defeated Satan and his pride. Christ freed people from the bondage of sin. It is Jesus sanctified the cross as victorious weapon by giving it to mortal men as a weapon to fight the enemies. The crucifixion of Jesus Christ on the cross is the greatest act of divine self-sacrifice for the salvation of mankind.

The power of the cross for man

To be baptized anyone, but not everyone gets it right. An Orthodox Christian should know what the sign of the cross is God's grace only when it's done correctly and, most importantly, reverent.

The clergy say, if a man does this at random, for example, randomly waving his hands, it is considered that this "demons rejoice". In order that the demons were not happy, you need to make the sign of the sign of the cross as expected, the folding fingers of the right hand thus: the index, big and average should be close together and straight, and the nameless and little finger to bend to the palm of your hand.
Any Orthodox Christian who believes in God, shall be baptized at the beginning of prayer, during prayer and at the end. In addition, to make the sign of the cross the banner need when approaching something Holy icons, the temple, etc.

The fact that the fingers of an Orthodox Christian, right forming the sign of the cross, symbolizing his expression of faith in God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy spirit as consubstantial and inseparable Holy Trinity. Two fingers are weighed down to the palm of your hand, is an expression of the dual nature of the son of God, the human and the Divine.

Need to be baptized not by coercion but by will!

The clergy believe that the Lord did not need never made. Therefore, to make the sign of the sign of the cross or not – free choice. That's the only choice, this should not overshadow the inept gestures and strokes that mimics the great rite! Properly baptized, is to truly prove their faith in Christ. Only in this case, the Christian can count on God's grace.
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